This post actually is probably only written for a small handful of you.
And that’s OK. Don’t feel bad if you read this and don’t experience much of it resonating.
You can still get into an incredible MBA program if none of these ideas are part of your experience of researching and selecting schools and applying.
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Choosing your schools is a non-trivial exercise, but it simply does not set you up for success if your whole selection process consists of targeting the top 10 schools that everyone else talks about. You also don’t have to have all your targets identified right away. It’s likely to evolve significantly as you move along this whole cycle. Knowing yourself and your own priorities — which comes from researching schools and knowing what they offer, so you can start to get a sense for which of their opportunities are more meaningful to you, and which ones resonate, and which seem less significant — that can help you winnow down the field of possibilities.
You still will need to have a profile that’s admissible based on that school’s adherence to the meritocracy (aka class profile) — however, when you hear about an applicant with a 680 who got into Columbia or whatever, it’s almost always due to a having reasons for the MBA and that school that go beyond the basics, that really speak to that school and also that person, in a way that is meaningful and real.
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